The Teachers Service Commission is the largest employer in the country at the moment. It has over 300,000 teachers alone in its payroll. This is besides the secretariat staff.
The Commission has many more teachers registered with registration numbers but are yet to be employed by the commission.
TSC has been employing teachers on both permanent and internship basis.During such employment periods, teachers turn out in large numbers to scramble for the few vacancies in schools.
The Commission do receive the highest allocation during the budgeting period. This is because of the magnitude of the employees that it handles. The teachers expect salary increments in July. However, the National treasury had sent unfortunate signs by warning the employers against increasing the salaries. Sadly, the teachers unions have given strike notice incase TSC doesn’t pay them.
The teachers expect that TSC will be given more allocations in the next budget. However, the National treasury has surprised the teachers with its revelations about TSC’s massive expenditure on salaries alone. According to the reports by the controller of budget Margaret Nyakang’o, TSC spent Ksh 206 billion on teachers salaries just within 9 months.
The surprise is that this expenditure is 57.3% of the total expenditure on all the government’s employees. This means that all the other government’s departments spend only the remaining 32.7%.This expenditure is indeed shocking among all the government’s employees. Incase the teachers get new July pay, this will rise again with billions of shillings.